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Individuals' intention to use sports wearables: the moderating role of technophobia

Nilsah Cavdar Aksoy ( Gebze Technical University , Kocaeli, Turkey)
Alev Kocak Alan ( Gebze Technical University , Kocaeli, Turkey)
Ebru Tumer Kabadayi ( Gebze Technical University , Kocaeli, Turkey)
Alican Aksoy ( Gebze Technical University , Kocaeli, Turkey)

International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

ISSN: 1464-6668

Article publication date: 8 April 2020

Issue publication date: 24 April 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the wearable devices market as an essential representative of the digital age using a framework based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) and the context of sports wearables.

Design/methodology/approach

411 people, are both users and non-users of this technology were surveyed online, and the obtained data analyzed using structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results support the effects of performance expectancy, effort expectancy, facilitating conditions, and social influence on attitude toward sports wearables and attitude of usage intention. Further, technophobia moderates the relationship between performance expectancy and attitude. However, a moderating effect of technophobia on the relationship between effort expectancy and attitude was not observed.

Originality/value

Due to innovative technologies in the digital age we live in, the devices we use in everyday life have gained intelligence. As more developments take place, and related products enter the market, understanding how people react to these products becomes an important issue. While investigating this issue in the context of sports wearables in this study, an important psychological construct, technophobia, was included in the research model in order to explore the usage intention of individuals through the effects of psychological constructs, such as paranoia, fear, anxiety, cybernetic revolt and cellphone avoidance, and the strong combination of important constructs of phobia to go against technology.

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Citation

Cavdar Aksoy, N., Kocak Alan, A., Tumer Kabadayi, E. and Aksoy, A. (2020), "Individuals' intention to use sports wearables: the moderating role of technophobia", International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship, Vol. 21 No. 2, pp. 225-245. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSMS-08-2019-0083

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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